2019 Coolidge Cup championship round debaters Ezra Schrader (left) and Joshua Anumolu (right)
We are happy to say that the 2020 Coolidge Cup is on, but out of concern for the health and safety of competitors, judges, and staff, and to remain in compliance with current restrictions on travel and large gatherings that are in force in the state of Vermont, we are migrating this year’s Coolidge Cup to a slightly shorter, virtual format. We are sad that we will not be able to see you in person, but we are very excited about the “virtual” Coolidge Cup experience that we have put together! If you received a bid to the tournament, then you have also received our email announcement with the registration link for the tournament. Please follow that link to confirm your participation in this year’s Coolidge Cup.
The Coolidge Cup is a national debate tournament sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. Debaters qualify through various preliminary competitions across the country for a chance to compete in the Coolidge Cup tournament, held in President Coolidge’s historic hometown of Plymouth, Vermont. The tournament takes place each year during the week of the Fourth of July. More than $15,000 in scholarship prize money will be awarded to the top finishers. The key dates in the Coolidge Cup process are:
September to May: Debaters qualify for the Coolidge Cup via various tournaments nationally
May: The resolution for the Coolidge Cup is posted online
Sunday, June 7th: Deadline for debaters to register for the Coolidge Cup
Tuesday, June 23rd: Coolidge Cup preview / Q&A webinar with Dr. Ben Voth at 8pm ET (link to the videorecording, password is “2u*&T506” without the quotation marks)
Wednesday, June 24th: Coolidge Cup Topic Talk / Q&A webinar with Prof. Ed Glaeser at 1pm ET (link to the recording, password is “0E?A0$+&” without the quotation marks)
Thursday, July 2nd: Welcome session for everyone (link to the recording, password is “0Y$+%102” without the quotation marks)
The cohort, time, and room assignments for each competitor for the preliminary round are now available! See the PDF below. Be sure to check back the morning of the event to make sure that your assignments have not changed.
2018 Coolidge Cup winners with Robert L. Luddy, Maria Luddy, Ben Voth, and Jared Rhoads